Yank Tanks: America flies its flag at Goodwood Revival 2022

If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to tour Europe in a red-blooded slab of Detroit iron, plenty of Brits think so too. Classic American cars are highly collectible in both Britain and mainland Europe despite the continent’s narrow roads, limited parking, and $7-a-gallon fuel. Thus, the turnout of Americana was heavy at Britain’s annual Goodwood Revival vintage car meet and nostalgia fest, with Yank tanks of all eras, shapes, and (mostly large) sizes represented in the parking lot, on the track, and in support roles, the latter including a fleet of World War II Willys and Ford jeeps that shuttled spectators around the periphery of the track.

Here are our 10 (15, 12, 18?) picks of the best cars to represent the stars and stripes at Goodwood:

This 1973 Cadillac sedan was a whale among minnows:

1973 Cadillac sedan
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No car show is “proper” without at least one screaming chicken. There were several at Goodwood, this early red T/A the best of them all:

Pontiac red T/A screaming chicken
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This 383 Coronet must scare small children as it thunders through the rural villages of Britain:

383 Coronet
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This Belgium-registered late square-body Caprice no doubt turns heads while on the holiday road to Disneyland Paris:

square-body Caprice
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Racing for pinks would be easier in a Camaro SS if your competition was a Mini or Morris Minor:

Camaro SS
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Whale among the minnows, Part 2: A ’67 Ford Galaxie 500 XL claims a wide berth.

67 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
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A 1960 Buick is the perfect car to go for fins and chips.

1960 Buick
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Can’t outrun the law, even in England, as this Plymouth Fury police cruiser proves:

Plymouth Fury police cruiser
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A 1958 Chevy with a continental kit, in case you, you know, go to the Continent:

1958 Chevy continental kit
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In England, a Ford Falcon drag racer and a ’53 Cadillac are equally unusual:

Ford Falcon drag racer and 53 Cadillac
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A Stingray surrounded by Jags. Who’s outnumbered now?

Stingray surrounded by Jaguars
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A 1940 Ford V-8 looks happy in the September sun of southern England:

1940 Ford V-8
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A Bullet and a Square Bird came together to Goodwood:

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The wicker stenciling on this Plymouth classes it right up:

Plymouth wicker
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What the Brits call “wing mirrors” looks a bit odd on this wide-track Pontiac:

Pontiac front close
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When this huge ’65 Mercury Montclair rolled up, onlookers were snickering at how big and heavy it is. We noted that nobody in England complained about the size and weight of the Shermans:

65 Mercury Montclair
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A ’49 Cadillac is all class on the grass.


This old Ford has become the carriage for a hobbit’s hideaway:


A ’57 Bel Air says farewell to the Queen, who died a week before Goodwood:

1957 Bel Air
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Captain America’s car in the land of the Britons: a ’64 Ford F100.

1964 Ford F100 Captain America
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Lead sleds like this ’49 Merc aren’t a common sight in Olde Blighty:

1949 Mercury
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One of several Stingrays racing at Goodwood roared the sounds of freedom at the crowd from their sidepipes:

racing stingrays goodwood
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Infield Willys and Ford jeeps reminded everyone of America’s contributions during the war:

Infield Willys and Ford jeeps
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    Two of your captions are incorrect. The “Falcon” drag racer is a ’64 Fairlane. The old “Ford” hosting the hobbit hideaway is a ’49-’54 Chevrolet, probably a ’49-’53.

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